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hi guys, been a while since i last posted but have been mad busy over xmas working, drinking, etc the usual. anyway have just got a new beretta silver pigeon 20g and as i have not shot 20g before i am unsure as to whch cart is the best. i know some people on here use them so i thought id ask to see what the general concencous was. will be used for everything. hope everyone is having a good season. jim

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Hi Jim,

 

I have just acquired a 20 for my son and bought 500 gamebore competition 8's, cheap as chips and they seemed to pattern OK againgst the old chicken shed I shot at the weekend :lol:

 

I got fibre wads, and the only thing I will say is they make the barrel pretty filthy, I don't know if the plastics are any better.

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I only use a 20g for game, so I've spent years trying to find the best cartridges. I used to be a fan of Winchesters, but they are as rare as rocking horse ****, and expensive to boot.

 

I agree with Sam F about the RC T3 28g cartridges - they're superb, cheap and very quick. They also have a high brass head on the case, which seems to help with ejection. I also like the Express HV Game.

 

For some reason, Hull and Gamebore give more recoil, which isn't great in a lightweight 20g game gun. If you have money coming out of your ears, the Eley "VIP" 20g cartridge is very good.

 

I vote RC, or Express.

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If your gun is light, or recoil is an issue you shouldn't even be looking at 28grm cartridges, if you want to shoot them you may as well get a field weight 12bore.

 

Most regular 20 bore shooters never use any more than 24grms cartridges, there has been a fair bit written about this already in the shooting press.

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Many of the best sprting shots there are use 20bores, there is no problem with their ability to drop game almost as well as a 12bore.

 

The point I was trying to make, not aimed at any of you boys, is that many shooters change to 20bores to get away from the weight and punch from a 12 bore and then feed them 28gram loads which means they are back to square one :*)

 

I have witnessed an awesome clay shot (who apparently is even better at pigeons) drop everything that was thrown up for him with a 20bore, and he says he would never use anything bigger then 24gram loads for exactly that reason.

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I have a couple of beretta's , a 12g 686e and a 20g 686s, and i enjoy shooting them both.

 

I find that the 20g is unfussy about cartridges and i shoot with both Hull Cartridge Pro Twentys Size 7.5 24g load and with Express Size 7 25g load. I use both of these for clay shoots and they do a great job. They are both a light load so gentle on the shoulder, but with more than enough to dust off difficult clays.

 

With the 12g 686 I use Express High Velocity 28g and they are quick, but they leave quite a bit of residue in the barrells. They work though and they're reasonably priced so I use them, and always clean my guns anyway.

 

BTW all fibre wads. :)

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